GenèveLe administrative adviser appears in a video in the middle of the leaders of Abu Dhabi. He reiterated that he was not an official invitation.
The images are the work of the press office of Dubai. We see the administrative adviser Guillaume Barazzone in the middle of world leaders, after the video was found by the “Tribune de Genève”, and rts.ch. They were filmed during the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi 2017, which the magistrate PDC claims to have been invited to the event by a Spanish friend, Hugo Linares. This lawyer would be paid for the entire trip (flights, hotel and GP), from 23 to 26 November. During his revelations to the city Council, last Wednesday, Guillaume Barazzone was conceded to have “welcomed a number of personalities”. He had chosen to reveal his vacation in the Gulf after several requests from journalists.
Thanks to this video, we now know more about the circumstances of this meeting. The elected geneva is notably filmed in the process of shaking the hand of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president of the United Arab Emirates. The agency Emirates News Agency, who had already published in the 2015 photo of the meeting between Pierre Maudet, and the Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the origin of the case involving the councillor of State, shall publish it as a template and indicates the name of the other persons present. They include the former king of Spain Juan Carlos, the president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, one of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov or the president of gabon, Ali Bongo. The highest dignitaries of Abu Dhabi were also in the lodge. The crown prince Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, which would have paid for the trip of Pierre Maudet, was also there.
On the images, Guillaume Barazzone finds himself in the company of the boss of MSC Diego Aponte. The company is the world number two in maritime transport, and its headquarters are located in Geneva, switzerland. The administrative adviser explains to have met the officer that he knows well on the spot. “He asked me to accompany him for a few minutes in the Tower, because he himself had access to two people unlike me who was not an official guest, reacts Guillaume Barazzone this Tuesday night. The fact that there are photos, videos in an event of such magnitude does not change anything to this fact.” The elected representative in geneva has presented the ambassador of Switzerland to Diego Aponte. The national adviser reaffirms the character a totally private holiday. “I received no invitation of the regime in this journey and I do not have treaty no public business”, he says.
The Spanish lawyer Hugo Linares, the friend of Guillaume Barazzone, who resides in Abu Dhabi, does not appear on the images of the press office of Dubai. Contacted by rts.ch, it confirms that the magistrate of geneva had asked him to corroborate his host. He first promised that he would show to our colleagues of the evidence of this invitation, which he described as “personal and without links with the economic and political interests of the Gulf region,” but retracted a day later, “on the advice of his lawyer”. Guillaume Barazzone denounces the “implied inappropriate” on the part of our confreres.
Jan Hartman has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk.
Before joining The Sivertelegram, Jan Hartman worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.